Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Tuesday Title Talk: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Fans of Graceling and The Selection will perhaps find today's Title Talk interesting. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has the fantasy and adventure of Graceling along with a touch of romance seen in The Selection. Thrown in for good measure are scheming, intrigue, and revenge.

Interested? Here's what the publisher Harper Collins says about the story:

And here's the official book trailer:

This is the first book in a planned series; be sure to pick up a copy and find out if Mare can survive and pass in the Silver world. Whom can she trust? And will she be found out?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday Title Talk: Beneath by Roland Smith

In keeping with popular titles for the Tuesday Title Talk blog post, today's post features the book Beneath by Roland Smith.

It's likely you may have already read something by Roland Smith as his books take up most of a shelf in the library, and they are often recommended by teachers and other students alike. Maybe you've read one or more of these?

In his latest book Beneath, we meet 2 brothers--Pat and his older brother Coop, who has been missing for more than a year. Here's what Roland Smith's own website has to say about the book:

And here's a trailer for the book:

What do you think? Are you intrigued about what lies beneath? Get your hands on the book to find out!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday Title Talk: Shadow and Bone in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Today's title is one of the more popular fantasy titles in the library: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.

This has been a recommended read if you're a fan of the Graceling series or of The Red Queen. Here's what our catalog description provides as a summary: "Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protege of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold."

Strange and deadly monsters? Check! Dark magic? Check! Manipulation and revenge? Check! Still not convinced? Take a look at the trailer:

This is the first in a trilogy--the next two are Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. You can read about all three books, and the author herself along with all of her other books, at the Grisha Trilogy website.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday Title Talk: Convergence from The Zodiac Legacy by Stan Lee

Yep, it's THAT Stan Lee--the man you know as the creator of Spiderman is now an author with a new book called Convergence in The Zodiac Legacy series.

Think of the first book in this series as a Chinese mythological adventure similar to the adventures in Greek mythology we saw with the Percy Jackson series or Egyptian mythology with The Kane Chronicles. Here's what The Zodiac Legacy website has to say about their book:

Check out the trailer that features Stan Lee himself:

For fans of the first book, you can look forward to the release of Book 2 The Dragon's Return later in October:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday Title Talk: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Just because school was out for summer last week, that doesn't mean the blogging stops! Each Tuesday this summer, check out the newest blog feature, Tuesday Title Talk. To kick things off, today's featured book is Echo, by Pam Munoz Ryan.

First, some information about the author. Pam Munoz Ryan has written 30+ books, many you've probably read or heard of, like Esperanza Rising, Paint the Wind, and Becoming Naomi Leon.

If you'd like to read about the author's life and see all of her books,  you can visit her official web site

Her newest book Echo is part historical fiction, part folk tale. She tells three separate tales: a German family at odds with one another about Hitler's politics; two orphaned brothers taken in by a wealthy, sad stranger; and a California immigrant family tasked with taking care of a farm left abandoned when the Japanese American owners are taken to an internment camp. Running through all three stories is a musical instrument that connects to the original folk tale that starts and ends the book.

If you enjoy historical fiction, especially stories set during World War II, Echo would make for some great summer reading!